Media leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries shared their insights on exchanges and pragmatic cooperation at the first SCO media summit which opened in Beijing on June 1, 2018.
With a theme of “carrying on the ‘Shanghai Spirit’ and ushering a new era for media cooperation,” the summit was hosted by the Information Office of the State Council and attracted over 260 attendees, including officials, leaders and representatives of media outlets.
The “Shanghai Spirit” features mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity, and pursuit of common development.
While addressing the opening ceremony, SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov said the summit is conducive to pursuing new cooperation and boosting understanding of changes in SCO member countries.
Noting that the world is faced with very complicated, continuous and untraditional threats, Alimov called for joint efforts to build a type of comprehensive, equal, and constructive cooperation.
Mauberlinova Nurgul, vice minister of information and communications of Kazakhstan, said that Kazakh media outlets are willing to promote extensive cooperation with their counterparts in SCO member countries, so as to better promote achievements made by their respective countries in social, economic and cultural development.
Shafqat Jalil, director-general of the Broadcasting Corporation of Pakistan, said that development of Asian countries has fully proved that they are able to defend their own values while maintaining social and economic development, adding that Asia should make its voice heard through international mainstream media outlets.
He said that media can play an active role in promoting harmony and safeguarding peace, security, and stability among SCO member countries, and contribute to building a fair and reasonable international political and economic order via responsible reporting.
An initiative on strengthening media exchanges and cooperation was also released at the summit, calling for increased efforts to deepen media cooperation within the SCO framework.
Sharing of Stories on Friendly Exchanges between China and Other SCO Member Countries was also held along with other forums at the summit.
“In the future, Guangzhou, with an international vision and prestige, is bound to emerge as a major force on the global stage in terms of overall development, including the economic front,” said Liu Weining, chief representative in China of the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
10 guests from Russia, Kyrgyzstan and other SCO member countries shared stories about how China had engaged in exchanges with these states. At the event, Guangzhou briefed the guests and global media about its achievements in promoting openness and economy by sharing stories about Guangzhou and of China.
Going ahead, Guangzhou is developing into a global leading metropolis from a hub city. Under the construction of the Belt and Road initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Guangzhou, with important opportunities, will make overall plans for fostering forces for international exchanges by shaping global platforms, networks, layout and environment. On top of that, an accelerated effort will be made to develop an open economy at a higher level and set up diverse platforms of cooperation. By doing these, networks for international exchanges and their services will be improved with capacity of allocating global resources enhanced. This is how Guangzhou ushers in a new chapter of all-round opening-up.